Tom Collier

Across the Bridge

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

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Tom's stellar vibraphone work leads the pack here, with electric guitar from Bill Frisell, electric/acoustic guitar from Larry Coryell, electric bass & electric guitar by Dan Dean, drums from John Bishop and (also) drums by Ted Poor... he got high marks from me in issue # 159, and totally solidified my impression of his mastery with this new all-original release. No question I'll be slidin' up to Seattle to watch him play live (since he's "just up the block" from me, so to speak). Tunes like "Beach Drive" give the listener an alternative to all the jazz "schlock" that's out there on the market today. The total mellow that shines through on "Genesee" will put your ears right in the groove they need; the "pacing" is superb on this tune. It is the vibe lead on "Gold N' Blues" that gets my vote for personal favorite of the nine songs offered up, though... only 4:45, but this one will "stick in your head", and you'll be hitting the "replay" button on your playlist over & over again. I give Tom & his musical cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this great jazz album.








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